Meaning of HULL in English


I. ˈhəl noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English hul, hull, hole, from Old English hulu; akin to Old High German helawa oat chaff, hala hull, Old English helan to conceal — more at hell


a. : the outer covering of a fruit or seed (as the husk of a grain or nut or the pod of the pea)

b. : the persistent calyx or involucre that subtends some fruits (as the strawberry)

2. dialect England : hut , hovel , shed



(1) : the frame or body of a ship exclusive of masts, yards, sails, and rigging — see ship illustration

(2) obsolete : hulk 4a


(1) : the portion of a flying boat which furnishes buoyancy when in contact with the water and to which the main supporting surfaces and other parts are attached

(2) : the main structure of a rigid airship consisting of a covered elongated framework which encloses the gasbags and supports the cars and equipment

c. : the armored body of a vehicle

casting … huge steel tank hulls in a single piece — G.H.Johnston

the hull of an armored car is … of lighter-weight plate — Principles of Automotive Vehicles

4. : covering , casing : as

a. : the shell of a crustacean

shrimp hulls and heads are used as fertilizer

b. : a film of water encasing a soil particle


(1) : an empty ammunition shell case

hot, spent cartridge hulls would be showering all over — Thomas Anderson

(2) : cartridge

won the national crown for the second time with a variety of … .22 hulls — Charles Askins b.1907

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English holen, hullen, from hole, hul, hull, n.

transitive verb


a. : to remove the husks or shells of : shuck

hull peas

hull pecans

hull oysters

b. : to remove the outer skin of : decorticate

hull kernels of corn

hull coffee beans

hull barley

c. : to remove the calyx of

hull strawberries

2. : to pierce or strike the hull of (as a ship)

intransitive verb

1. : to float or drift with sails furled : lie ahull

2. archaic : idle

I am to hull here a little longer — Shakespeare

III. adjective

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: from Hull, England

: of or from the county borough of Hull, or Kingston upon Hull, England : of the kind or style prevalent in Hull

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